Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra

Concertmaster: Amy Hershberger


Ms. Hershberger has performed extensively as a soloist and in chamber music performances throughout the country.  In addition to her post as Concertmaster of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, she is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pasadena Symphony, and has served as a guest concertmaster for the Pasadena Symphony and Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Fresno and Burbank Philharmonics, among others.  A native of Syracuse, N.Y., she has appeared multiple times as a soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the California State University of Los Angeles Orchestra, the Round Top Festival Orchestra, and the University of Houston Orchestra. 

Frequent recital appearances include performances on “Sunday’s Live” at the LA County Museum of Art, at the Redlands Bowl Summer Festival, and the Azusa Pacific University Artist Series.  A performer in chamber music festivals throughout the United States, she has participated in the Sierra Chamber Society, the Sound Encounters Festival, the Mozart Festival in San Diego, Twentieth Century Unlimited Festival in Santa Fe, the Henry H. Bruman Chamber Music Series, the La Jolla Summerfest and the Utah Music Festival.  As a former faculty member of the Colburn School, her students have gone on to study at USC, Colburn, Juilliard and Curtis Schools of Music, and on to professional careers.

Previously, she was a full scholarship student of Robert Lipsett at the University of Southern California as a recipient of the Heifetz Award, and a student of Dorothy Delay at Juilliard Pre-College.  In addition to her performing career, she has played on over 300 major motion picture soundtracks.

She currently resides in Pasadena, C.A. with her husband and three children, Charlotte, 9, Amelia, 7, and Edmund, 4, and their dog Truman.


Assistant Concertmaster: Sooah Kim


Violinist Sooah Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and began studying violin at the age of six.  A graduate of the Seoul National University College of Music, Ms. Kim also holds an Artist Diploma from the Colburn Conservatory of Music.  Among her many accomplishments are top prizes at the Strad Music Competition, the Korean-German Brahms Competition, and the Korean International Music Foundation Competition. In 2014, Ms. Kim joined as an assistant Concertmaster for Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and currently performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony.


Bass, Principal: David H. Young


David Young’s education includes a B.M. in Music Education with Performer’s Certificate, Eastman School, a M.M. and a D.M.A., in double bass performance, USC.  His teachers have included Oscar Zimmerman, Peter Mercurio, and Dennis Trembly.  He is a former member of the Rochester Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  Formerly he also served as principal bass of the Long Beach Symphony and the Santa Barbara Symphony.  He is currently principal bass with Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and principal bass with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.

In the teaching realm, he is faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, teaching bassists privately. He also leads the Colburn School Double Bass Ensemble, a performing bass ensemble group, and he develops and presents citywide bass seminar days called the “Bass Masters” series.

He is also the originator of the String Family Players, a string quintet group of professional musicians that has visited as many as 100 schools per year, bringing music to children under the auspices of the Music Center Education Division, L.A. Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and many others.  He also gives lectures and presentations about the wonders of opera.


Bass: William Cravy


A native of Colorado and a passionate voice for the double bass, William McClain Cravy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California where he was a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship, three Provost’s Research Fellowships, and the String and Orchestral Awards for Outstanding Graduate. Will is a tenured member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as an orchestral musician with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), the Las Vegas Philharmonic, as principal bass of Aspen Opera under Robert Spano, and alongside his teacher in the Aspen Chamber Orchestra. His time with NACO included a tour of the UK and a personal audience with His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

As a soloist he was awarded 2nd place in both the 2015 Aspen Music Festival Low Strings Competition and the 2015 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition (LA Phil judged), 3rd place in 2016 the Jefferson International Young Artists Competition and was a finalist in the 2016 Young Musicians Foundation Debut Concerto Competition. Will has played concertos with the Colorado Symphony, the Culver City Symphony, and was featured in an Aspen Music Festival Student-Spotlight Recital. A past member of the Colorado Young Musician’s Foundation Roster, he received the 2009 Jeff Bradley Colorado Young Musician Award. His primary teachers include David Allen Moore, Susan Cahill and Ken Harper, and significant additional studies with Paul Ellison, Hal Robinson, Ben Hong, Joel Quarrington, Albert Laszlo, and Chris Hanulik.

Will has performed chamber music with members of the LA Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony. He has spent the last four summers as a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, and participated in the Lake George, Domaine Forget, Wabass Institute, and Colorado College music festivals. Will is currently pursuing a master’s degree on full scholarship at USC after recently completing the NAC Institute for Orchestral Studies.


Bassoon, Principal: Judith Farmer


Critics have described bassoonist Judith Farmer's playing as "impeccable" (American Record Guide), "masterly" (Fanfare Magazine) and "brilliant" (Kronenzeitung, Austria). Barnaby Rayfield also noted in the July/August 2011 issue of Fanfare Magazine: " ... the playing on [composer Gernot Wolfgang's CD Short Stories] is uniformly excellent, especially from Judith Farmer on bassoon, finding expressive extremes of that instrument I didn't think possible."

Judith Farmer enjoys a rich and varied career as a chamber musician, orchestra musician, soloist and teacher.  She received her education at Indiana University and at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna. From 1984-1996 she was  principal bassoonist of the Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra, performed and toured regularly with the Camerata  Academica Salzburg under Sandor Vegh and with numerous chamber music ensembles in Vienna.  Ms. Farmer  has appeared as a soloist in the U.S. and in Europe, including the Salzburg Festival, and has participated in chamber music festivals in Prussia Cove (UK),  Martha’s Vineyard (MA), Salem (NY), La Jolla (CA), Oaxaca (Mexico), San Luis Obispo (CA), Beverly Hills (CA) and Garth Newel (VA). For the 1995-96 season she held the position of visiting professor at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Graz, Austria. She has also taught at the International Mozart Academy in Prague, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Henry Mancini Institute.

In 1996 Ms. Farmer moved to Los Angeles and since then has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, including as guest principal in spring of 2009. She has played on the scores of over 150 major motion pictures and recorded with such artists as Daft Punk, Josh Groban, Billy Childs and Barbra Streisand.  She is currently principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and the Long Beach Symphony.

Judith Farmer teaches bassoon at the University of Southern California. She is an avid chamber musician, who enjoys collaborating with composers on new works and has had a number of works written and dedicated to her. Her recordings as a soloist and chamber musician are available on Albany, Centaur, Ex-House and Orfeo Records.


Cello, Principal: Jacqueline Greenshields


Jacqueline Greenshields received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1979. By 1981 she had earned her Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Southern California where she was a student of Gabor Rejto. For three of those summers during her university years, she attended the Music Academy of the West where she fell in love with Santa Barbara. Upon moving to Santa Barbara in 1983 she became and is currently the principal cellist of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. She is a long time member of the Santa Barbara Symphony as well as Opera Santa Barbara.

She was also a member of the American Sinfonietta, a professional touring and recording Chamber Orchestra that traveled extensively throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as being the focal point in the summer music festival in Bellingham, Washington. Jackie is very active as a chamber musician and is a member of the "Classics IV String Quartet" and the "Archangelo Flute Quartet". She has a full studio of private cello students young and old. She enjoys reading, long distance bicycle touring, scuba diving, hiking, and dachshunds.


Cello: Catherine Chan Biagini


Catherine Biagini, cellist, began studying piano at the tender age of 4 and added the cello at age 9 studying with Raymond Davis, principal of Seattle Symphony. She continued with both instruments until college where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Dietetics from the University of Washington while still pursuing the cello. She soon realized that music, and the cello, was the path she should follow and finished a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Washington, studying with Toby Saks. In 1985 during her last year at UW, she won the position of assistant principal of Northwest Chamber Orchestra.

As principal of Northwest Chamber Orchestra, she performed all six Bach Brandenburg Concerti with Ken Cooper and Ransom Wilson among others. The recipient of the 200+1 Performance Grant while in Seattle, Catherine went on to procure the principal position in Savannah Symphony Orchestra in Savannah, GA which she held for 6 seasons before relocating to Phoenix, AZ, and then Los Angeles, CA. She has worked with such luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Mstislav Rostropovich. She has participated in music festivals in Spoleto, Italy, Charleston, Round Top, Bear Valley, and Coos Bay. Catherine has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including Savannah Symphony, Hilton Head Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, and most recently with the Pasadena Community Orchestra in March 2016. She has also toured the United States, Italy, and China, with various orchestras.

Back home in Los Angeles, she is currently the principal cellist with Asia American Symphony, Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Burbank Philharmonic, as well as a member of Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. On the wilder side, Catherine is a member of Angels of Venice, a band that performs a range of repertoire from Renaissance to Metallica. She has released 5 albums with Angels on the Windham Hill label and more recently, a rock album was released in 2010. You can also view her in a Jeep 2014 commercial on YouTube.

Cathy currently lives in La Crescenta, CA with her husband and two children. She is always in search of the best boba drink.


Clarinet: Larry Hughes


Larry Hughes has been a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra for over 20 years. He also performs as principal clarinet for Santa Barbara Grand Opera. An active free-lance musician throughout Southern California, Larry has played with many orchestras including the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New West Symphony, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Opera. Every summer he can be heard playing principal clarinet with the Laguna Beach "Pageant of the Masters" Orchestra and the Long Beach Municipal Band. Larry has also performed in numerous Broadway musicals including Sunset Boulevard, Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Miss Siagon, Candide, Wicked, Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, and most recently, Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. He can be heard as guest soloist on Nick Ariondo's CD "Trilucence".

For over 20 years Larry has been on the faculties of Occidental College and Pasadena City College teaching clarinet and saxophone.

Larry received his Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Harold Wright, and his Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Northridge, as a student of Roy D'Antonio.


Flute, Principal: Angela Wiegand


Angela Wiegand is Principal Flutist with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of LA Opera. Ms. Wiegand is a founding member of The Debussy Trio, and has played chamber music with the LA Grand Ensemble, Le Salon de Musiques, Camerata Pacifica, XTET, Enlightenment Music Series, and the SBCO Chamber Players.

She has participated in the Ojai Music Festival and the Ventura Chamber Music Festival. She has performed as principal flutist with the Cuban National Ballet, LA Opera, Pasadena Pops, Santa Barbara Symphony, Muse/ique, and the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay. She has also performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Universal Ballet, Long Beach Symphony,  and the Pasadena Symphony. She received her Bachelor of Music from UCSB, and her Master of Music from USC.


Flute: Jennifer Olson


Jenni Olson is an active recording, orchestral and chamber music performer in the Los Angeles area.  As a recording artist, Jenni can be heard on over 100 TV and film soundtracks including the recent films, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Good Dinosaur, The Walk and Creed.  As a studio musician, she has recorded with distinguished artists such as Barbra Streisand, Kelly Clarkson, Michael Buble, Neil Young and Idina Menzel.

As a soloist, Jenni has recorded six solo albums, one of which, The Dreams of Birds, is on the Delos label and is distributed by Naxos.  This album is a collection of premiere recordings by a prestigious group of composers. Her other albums include two holiday albums titled Christmas Favorites for flute and harp and We Wish You a Merry Christmas which features two flutes, viola and cello. The other two albums are standard flute repertoire. Forty Little Pieces is a book that almost every flute player starts in. Jenni recorded this beginning book so that new flute players would have a great sound reference as they begin their musical studies. It is also recorded on separate tracks that can be played with just the flute or piano alone.  The other educational album is great for flute players as well as a great collection for Classical music lovers. Thirty Intermediate Solos has music from all time periods and is as fun to listen to as it is to play.

Jenni is currently principal flute with the Stockton Symphony and second flute with the Long Beach Symphony and Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and has performed with prestigious groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Symphony, South Bay Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Santa Monica.  She also attended the Pacific Music Festival and spent a summer in Japan performing in Sapporo as well as a tour to Tokyo.  

Still one of the most condensed music making experiences was the summer that Jenni spent with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. Not only were the days filled with fantastic music making, but she took advantage of the hiking and conquered her first 14,000 peak that summer. Since then, Jenni has summited Mt. Whitney twice as well as most of the major peaks in Southern California.  Another monumental experience was when she attended the Henry Mancini Institute.  Being around such a phenomenal group of musicians (faculty and students) was life-changing.  It opened new doors and the friendships, musical and personal, that were made are still strong today.

California State University Stanislaus is a small school with a terrific music faculty and Jenni went to school there and received her BA degree in Music graduating Summa Cum Laude.  While she was there she worked with Caryl Mae Scott on flute and was lucky enough to take conducting classes from Dr. Edward Harris. She then moved down to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California and study with the amazing Jim Walker.  There she received her MM and DMA from University of Southern California.  She now makes her home in Long Beach.


Horn, Principal: Jenny Kim


Jenny Kim is Associate Principal horn of the Los Angeles Opera, as well as Principal Horn in the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Third Horn with New West Symphony.  She also performs frequently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Pasadena Symphony.  As a recording artist, she has worked on numerous motion pictures, including Star Wars Episode 7, Avatar, Frozen, the Ice Age films and X-Men: Days of Future Past.  She is the instructor of French Horn at California State University Long Beach, Chapman University and Biola University.

Jenny received her Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.  She has won first prize in several prominent competitions, including the International Horn Society’s Jon Hawkins Award, and has soloed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, playing Mozart’s Second Horn Concerto under the baton of Grant Gershon.  Her principal teachers were Brian Drake, Peter Kurau, Richard Todd and James Decker.

Jenny enjoys spending time with her son, Alden, and likes to walk her dog Isabel.  She also loves knitting, crafting, and watching movies, especially the stupidly funny ones that never fail to make her laugh.


Horn: Stephanie Stetson


Stephanie Stetson grew up in the Seattle area and while there studied with Anna Cloud and Christopher Leuba.  She moved to Los Angeles and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Horn Performance from the University of Southern California.  While there she had the privilege of studying with Jim Decker and Vincent DeRosa.  She has been a free-lance musician in Los Angeles ever since.  Stephanie regularly performs with the Pacific Symphony, LA Philharmonic, LA Opera Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony and the Long Beach Municipal Band.  She has performed in numerous Broadway shows at the Schubert, Ahmanson and Pantages Theatres such as: Wicked, Lion King, The Producers, Phantom of the Opera etc…  She also has extensive studio recording experience in TV, radio, audio recordings and motion picture soundtracks.

Stephanie has been teaching at Azusa Pacific University since 2004 where she has taught Applied Horn, Horn Master Class, Horn Literature and Horn Pedagogy.  She is a member of the APU Faculty WW Quintet.  She is also teaching applied horn at Citrus College, Whittier College and Saddleback College.

Stephanie is married with 4 children.  She loves her family very much and enjoys the blessings of a good family and good music every day of her life.


Oboe, Principal: Jennifer Johnson


Jennifer Johnson is a member of the LA Opera, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and Santa Barbara Symphony, and has also played with the LA Philharmonic, LA Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, and Colorado Symphony Orchestra. She has degrees from the University of Colorado, the University of Southern California, and The Colburn School, and was a multiple fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Her chamber performances include Camerata Pacifica, Chamber Music Palisades, LACMA Sundays Live, and South Bay Chamber Music Society.   She is on faculty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.  


Oboe: Claire Brazeau


A native of Northern Michigan, Claire Brazeau is one of the newest members of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  Claire enjoys pursuing musically omnivorous interests, from baroque chamber music on period instruments to experimental new music collaborations.  Last season, she performed concertos with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Culver City Symphony.  Claire’s performances in the 2016-17 season include the West Coast premiere of Ken Ueno’s “Sawdust” for oboe and ensemble with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, as well as chamber music appearances with Camerata Pacifica. 

An active freelancer, she has performed in the Pacific, Pasadena and Santa Barbara symphonies; Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra; WildUp; Los Angeles Bach Festival; California Philharmonic; Santa Barbara Choral Society; and was principal oboist of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Symphony.  On the East Coast she has been a guest artist with orchestras and ensembles including American Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Musica Humana, the Berkshire Bach Society and is a member of the New York-based new music ensemble Le Train Bleu conducted by Ransom Wilson. She has performed at music festivals including Bravo! Vail Festival in Colorado, Hear Now Music Festival in Los Angeles, Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, Aspen Music Festival and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.  In 2011-12, she was Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, where her engagements included self-curated concerts sponsored by the US Embassy, Roma Tre University, the Pontifical Academy of Science, and she gave the premiere Sean Friar’s Etudes for English Horn and Piano. 

In 2010, Claire graduated from Bard College and Conservatory in New York where she earned BAs in East-Asian Studies and Piano Performance, and a BM in Oboe Performance. She graduated from The Colburn School with an Artist Diploma in 2014, where she was a student of Allan Vogel.


Trumpet, Principal: Ken Larson


Kenneth Larson, a native of California, received his BFA and MFA in Trumpet Performance from California Institute of the Arts. While living in Los Angeles, Ken played for many film scores including Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Police Academy 2, 5 and 7, Out for Justice, Fire Starter Rekindled and a host of others.

Kenneth Larson, a native of California, received his BFA and MFA in Trumpet Performance from California Institute of the Arts. While living in Los Angeles, Ken played for many film scores including Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Police Academy 2, 5 and 7, Out for Justice, Fire Starter Rekindled and a host of others.

Ken’s television recordings include China Beach, The Flash, Beetlejuice andThe Ollie North Story.

Orchestral recording credits include the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, The Welsh National Choir and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra.  Mr. Larson has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, many Broadway shows and various Big Bands and Rock and Roll acts throughout his career.

Currently, he is the trumpet instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Co-Principal Trumpet of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and Principal Trumpet of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Larson designs and builds trumpets for himself as well as other professionals through his company BrassWerks.


Trumpet: Craig Hara


Craig Hara is a multi-faceted musician, educator and producer, playing Trumpet, Drums, Percussion, EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), Guitar, Bass, Keyboards/Synthesizers and Vocals.

A member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra for over 20 years, he has performed live and on recordings with various artists and groups (Laura Caviani, Mary Louise Knutson, Charles Lazarus, David Milne, River Falls Brass, the David Singley Trio, Pete Whitman, the Bad Habits Brass, Synergy, the Flashbacks, the Zebra Mussels, Zona, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the La Crosse Symphony, the Asia America Symphony, the Bach Society, the Minnesota Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony, the Minnesota Opera, VocalEssence), on scores for motion pictures and television (Solstice, The Legend of EarthSea, Netforce, Phantom D, Chicago Hope, High Incident, Face/Off, Time Cop, Speechless, Death Wish IV), and has performed in North America, Japan, and Europe with many of the world's most eminent musicians (Leonard Bernstein, José Carreras, Amy Grant, Kiri Te Kanawa, Zubin Mehta, Itzhak Perlman, Helmut Rilling, Michael Tilson Thomas, John Williams, Louis Bellson, David Benoit, Bill Conti, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Michael Davis, Mark Isham, Chuck Mangione, Donnie McCaslin, Bob Minzter, Doc Severinsen, Michael W. Smith, Mike Stern, Sarah Vaughn, Ernie Watts, Matthew Wilson).

Craig holds degrees from the California Institute of the Arts, and is on faculty at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, and Hamline University.


Viola, Principal: Erik Rynearson


Native of Southern California, Erik Rynearson has been performing music since the age of three.  He has been first call substitute with the Detroit and Phoenix symphonies and has valued that relationship with his playmates in the Los Angeles Philharmonic and L.A. Chamber Orchestra.  As a member, Erik can be seen smiling on stage as principal violist of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Santa Barbara’s Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, and as a contributor to the sections of the Pacific and Long Beach symphonies.  He has also been featured, on occasion, as solo horn player in his car.  Musically, Rynearson devoured Haydn, Prokofiev, Brubeck and Beethoven in childhood and currently hungers for the sounds of Berg, James Brown, Berlioz, Daft Punk, Led Zeppelin and Cage.  He owes his musical preparedness to his teachers including his father Paul, Miwako Watanabe, Henryk Kowalski, Franco Gulli and Alan deVeritch.

Erik can be hard to find when off-stage, hiking mountains or slicing submerged as a swimmer.  He feels close to our sun and gets simple kicks out of particularly good mileage from a tank or a delicious avocado. When not wielding his 1970 Alfio Batelli viola crafted for Jan Hlinka, Erik employs a multitude of lenses to capture life one frame at a time.  His photographic work may be assessed on his website,


Viola: Colleen Sugata


Colleen Sugata has been a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra since the 2015 season. Originally from Pennsylvania, Mrs. Sugata moved to Southern California in 2008. Since then, she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Symphony, and is a member of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra and the New West Symphony.

Prior to moving to Southern California, Colleen performed regularly with the Pittsburgh Symphony for three full seasons. She has been on numerous tours with the Pittsburgh Symphony, including performances at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and 2009, and their extensive European tour in 2010 which resulted in the recording of the Brahms Symphonies.

Colleen received both her BM and MM degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a scholarship student of Professor Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey. She has studied French and Chinese, and uses both languages in her musical travels. Colleen and her husband live with their two kids and rescue dog. 


Viola: Diane Gilbert

Diane Gilbert is a violist and teacher, working in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara as well as Ventura County, where she has lived for the past 20 years.  She received her Bachelor of Music in viola performance from University of the Pacific and then came to Southern California for graduate school, getting her Master of Music degree in viola performance from California State University, Northridge and studying with Alan deVeritch.

In addition to playing with SBCO, Diane is assistant principal violist of the New West Symphony and principal violist of the Santa Barbara Opera, as well as a member of both the Santa Barbara Symphony and California Philharmonic.  She has also played principal viola at the Ahmanson Theatre for the past fifteen years, performing in shows like Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Lion King, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Follies, and many others.

Diane has had the privilege of performing and recording with a variety of artists, from Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yehudi Menuhin, Andre Previn, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Rostropovich to Elton John, Barry Manilow, Leonard Cohen, Bernadette Peters, Andrea Bocelli and Stevie Wonder.


Viola: Michael Lieberman


Michael Lieberman, Violist, pursues a busy and varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. During the 2000/01 season, he performed for the World Premier production of Philip Glass's opera, "In the Penal Colony" written for a single string quintet that was on stage and in costume during the entire performance. With over a hundred performances in New York, Chicago and Seattle, the production was reviewed to critical acclaim.

In 2007 Michael was the Violist and Music Director for “Tempo of Recollection”, an innovative collaboration of Chamber Music, Dance, Drama, Projected Images and Sound set in a 1920s Prague dance-hall bringing to life the music of Czech composer and holocaust victim, Erwin Schulhoff. From 2011-2013, he was the Assistant Music Director and Violist for Cirque Du Soleil's "IRIS" at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. With the musical score written by Danny Elfman, Michael is featured as the solo violist on the Soundtrack Recording. The production ran for over 500 performances including an appearance on the Tonight Show.

Michael has performed as guest principal Viola with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Opera Santa Barbara in addition to performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Oregon Symphony among many others. For 10 years he was Violist in the Saint Helen's String Quartet with performances in every major venue, on television and radio throughout the Pacific Northwest including a residency at Cornish College of the Arts. The Saint Helen’s String Quartet released its debut recording in the fall of 2015. For several years he taught at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and is currently on the faculty at Westmont College. Michael studied at the Peabody Conservatory. For more information, visit